College Football: Day in the Life of a Graduate Assistant

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College Football: Day in the Life of a Graduate Assistant
Texas Tech G.A. Kevin Oliver (R) with his brother Bryson Oliver (Currently the OL Coach at Tiffin)

As is the case with many of the finer things in life college football is more than meets the eye.

Yes, the product we see on the field on fall Saturday’s is the result of 1000’s of hour of preparation, planning and careful consideration by a group of often unsung heroes who put their heart and souls into the serious business of winning football games.

One of the key figures in this process, and one we may hear the least about, is the overworked and under compensated graduate assistant who basically acts as a coach in every way except for recruiting related travel.

So, what does a college football G.A. do during a normal, ordinary day during the season and how much does this candidate for a future permanent coaching gig contribute to what we see as our team hits the field each weekend?

To answer these questions we sat down with Kevin Oliver who is a G.A. at Texas Tech where he serves in an offensive capacity.

Oliver is a graduate of both Texas Tech and Angelo State (Texas) and has spent the last three years as first a student assistant and then a student manager with the Red Raider football program before being named to his current position as a G.A. in February.

Oliver is responsible for prepping the scout team that faces the starting offensive unit during practice each week and he also oversees special positional areas such as deep snappers and kick holders.

Along with his gridiron commitments Oliver is in the classroom three nights per week and ultimately he sees his hard work, sacrifice and dedication leading him up the ladder as a coach at the college level where he enjoys the opportunity to help kids grow through the passion filled collegiate game.

So, how does Kevin Oliver fit all this (and more, the guy even has a family) dedication into one single 24 hour day and what specifically does he do for the Texas Tech gridiron squad?

The following slideshow takes an hour-by-hour (and then day-by-day) look at Oliver’s daily routine during the football season. His insight goes a long way in helping us understand all the many hours of toil involved, on an individual level, in getting a FBS football team ready to hit the field.

The photo included features Texas Tech G.A. Kevin Oliver (on right) and his brother Bryson Oliver who is currently the O.L. coach at Tiffin University.

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